Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez -- who has been behind bars since his Oct. 17 arrest -- was released from jail some time today on $1.16 million bail, his attorney said.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Shelly Torrealba lifted a hold that had been in place for months to allow prosecutors to examine the sources of the bail money to ensure it had been legally obtained.
Noguez -- who was being held at Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles -- is accused of misappropriation of public funds and other charges for allegedly lowering property tax bills for campaign contributors.
Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman told reporters that the prosecution worked with the bail bondsman and defense counsel to examine the bail sources, and interviewed "the substantial donors."
Noguez's bail was initially reduced Oct. 22 from $1.385 million to $1.16 million, but the judge has since denied two more defense requests that the 48-year-old assessor's bail be lowered further.
Noguez is due back in court April 23, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial on 13 counts of misappropriation by a public officer, five counts of perjury, four counts of accepting bribes and two counts of conspiracy.
Principal assessor Mark McNeil, 55, is charged with 13 counts of misappropriation by a public officer and one count of conspiracy.
Tax consultant Ramin Salari, 50, is charged with 23 felonies -- 13 counts of misappropriation, eight counts of bribing an executive officer and two counts of conspiracy.
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